Since Ernests Gulbis’s 2014 Roland Garros semi-final victory over Roger Federer, he has been unable to consistently showcase his talent. The Latvian has won six ATP titles, defeated Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, and troubled Rafael Nadal on clay on multiple occasions.
It seems like the huge potential has been sitting on the table, but the final quality jump hasn’t happened yet. Gulbis is attempting to establish himself on the Challenger tour so that he can return to the world’s top 100 players. The former top ten player has proven he can improve his standing and set a higher bar.
About ten years ago, he fell to the 160th spot in the ranking but managed to claw his way back to the top of tennis. Between 2018 and 2019, when he was dealing with a serious elbow injury, he even gained more than 500 places.
Gulbis mocks his younger rival by telling him, “Learn to play tennis, man.”
With the help of Riccardo Piatti and the Piatti Tennis Center in Bordighera, Gulbis was able to regain his fitness and prepare for a comeback to the top level of competition in February.
The Latvian is currently competing at the ATP Challenger in Trieste, where his dramatic victory in the deciding set made headlines and advanced him to the tournament’s main draw. Gulbis advanced past Matteo Martineau, 23, in straight sets. He will next play Santiago Rodriguez Taverna.
During the handshake that followed Gulbis’ victory over the Frenchman, he made some unsportsmanlike comments. “I triumphed, and you failed. Learn how to play tennis, dude. If I’m being completely transparent, I played horribly today, but I still managed to defeat you “In the quotes compiled by Punto de Break, Gulbis made a proclamation.
Gulbis will return to action today, making his Grand Stand debut in the main draw. The Latvian will have to wait for the match between Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida and Zhizhen Zhang and the one between Salvatore Caruso and Giovanni Oradini.